The 25th Anniversary Edition 1992 Version: Movies

It’s time once again for the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1992. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we highlight some of those in this series.

We have previously looked at the year in music and video games in 1992. We now turn to the movies of 1992. This was another huge year at the box office. There were some pretty big landmark films that released in 1992. You remember them? Let’s check them out.

Of the top 10 movies of 1992, what was the highest grossing film that year? Both the domestic and worldwide number 1 film was Aladdin ($507 million worldwide).  It was released on November 25 and became the first full length animated film to gross $200+ million.  Interesting tidbit, it took the 5th weekend of its release before it was #1 at the box office.

What film was number 1 at the box office for the longest consecutive amount of weeks? It was actually a tie between The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (released on January 10th) and Wayne’s World (released on February 14th).  They both spent 5 weeks at number 1 on the box office.  Wayne’s World would go on to be #8 domestically & number #10 worldwide box office with $183 million.

What were the other top films in the top 5 worldwide released in 1991.  They were The Bodyguard (Released November 25th, 2nd worldwide with $411 million), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Released November 20th, 3rd worldwide with $358.9 million) Basic Instinct (Released March 20th, 4th worldwide with $352.9 million) and Lethal Weapon 3 (Released May 15th, 5th worldwide with $321.7 million).

The rest of the top 10 worldwide grossing films include Batman Returns (June 16th), A Few Good Men (December 9th), Sister Act (May 29th), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (November 13th) and Wayne’s World.

Other big films that released in 1992 were White Men Can’t Jump (March 27th), Patriot Games (June 5th), A League of Their Own (July 1st), Unforgiven (August 3rd), Sneakers (September 11th), The Last of the Mohicans  (September 25th), and Under Siege (October 9th).

Which of the films listed was your favorite? Obviously there were so many more films that came out in 1992. Is there a film not listed that came from 1992 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at the year in TV shows in 1992. Until then, crank up the old VCR and enjoy some classic movies.

Thursday Quote Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from poet Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Sunday Devotional: Psalm 11

“I have taken refuge in the Lord.
How can you say to me,
“Escape to the mountain like a bird!
For look, the wicked string the bow;
they put the arrow on the bowstring
to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in His holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes watch; He examines everyone.
The Lord examines the righteous and the wicked.
He hates the lover of violence.
He will rain burning coals and sulfur on the wicked;
a scorching wind will be their portion.
For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteous deeds.
The upright will see His face.” (Psalm 11)

There are many times when we’re struggling and when we’re hurting that we want relief.  We seek refuge from the pain and suffering.  We can find refuge in the Lord.  He is always there.  We can go to Him and find refuge in Him.  He is always there watching over us.

The psalmist here knows well where to go and who to trust in such tough times.  This week, let us remember the One who cares for His people.  Let us find refuge in Him.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1992 Version: Video Games

Welcome back to the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we are highlighting the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1992.

Last time we looked at music. This time we will look at video games that came out in 1992. On the hardware front, the big major release was the Sega CD in North America in October 15.  Released the previous December in Japan, the Sega CD was an add on to the Sega Genesis.  It was in some ways ahead of its time with using console games involving discs.  It also was among the first to use Full Motion Video (FMV) for console games.  There was some controversy involving the Sega CD with one of their games Night Trap.  In total about 2 million units were sold of the Sega CD.

When it comes to games, there were some huge games that came out in 1992.  Nintendo at this point was still releasing games for both the NES and the SNES.  On the NES front there were 2 Mega Man games.  Mega Man 4 released in the US on January 15th and Mega Man 5 released in Japan December 4th and later on December 31st in US.

The big video game to release for the SNES was Super Mario Kart.  Released on August 27th, Super Mario Kart was the first in what would become a big series for Nintendo with the go kart racing game.    The game would go on to sell over 9 million copies and would be third most selling game for the SNES.

For Sega, there were 2 big games to release on the Sega Genesis.  The first game was Ecco the Dolphin.  Released on July 29th, Ecco the Dolphin features a dolphin named Ecco who is protecting the oceans from aliens trying to destroy the ecosystem.  It was a game that was very different but it was well received.  The other big game to release on the Genesis that year was Sonic the Hedgehog 2.  Released on November 21st, Sonic 2 introduced Spin Dash action for Sonic as well as the character Miles “Tails” Prower.  It would go on to sell 6 million copies and helped Sega in the console war against Nintendo.

On the arcade front in 1992 there were 2 big debuts.  The first was Virtua Racing by Sega.  In October of ’92, it helped launch the craze of 3D racing games in arcades.  The other big arcade game to release in ’92 was Mortal Kombat by Midway.  Debuting on October 8th, Mortal Kombat was a fighting game that featured digitized characters as well as “fatalities” at the end of matches.  It would be so popular that there would be subsequent ports to consoles and would battle with Street Fighter as the fighting game franchise of the decade.

1992 was a pretty huge year when it comes to video games.  Is there a game that came out in 1992 that isn’t listed here that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at movies from 1992. Until then, fire up your old system (or virtual console) and enjoy some retro gaming.

Reflections on “The Hero”

There are few movies that I see a trailer (of a film I did not know about) and I immediately go “I have to see that film.” The Hero was one of those films.  I saw the trailer a few weeks ago and it captivated me.  So today I went and saw it.  And I’ll go on record saying it is one of the best films of 2017.

The film stars Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter & Katharine Ross.  Elliott plays Lee Hayden, an actor best known for his starring role as “The Hero”, a western film released nearly 40 years ago.  These days he’s doing voice work for commercials and passing time by smoking weed with his former co-star in a short lived TV series Jeremy (played by Offerman).  During the course of the film, he deals with the estranged relationship he has with his daughter Lucy (played by Ritter), the burgeoning friendship/romantic relationship with a comedienne named Charlotte (played by Prepon) and the coming to terms with the diagnosis of cancer that hangs over him.

The film gives an honest portrayal of a man who is in the latter stages of his life reflecting back on it while at the same time looking ahead at what’s still in front of him.  Lee is someone who is defined by many people as “The Hero” and is recognized as such with a lifetime achievement.  But he is also someone who is broken, with a failed marriage and the loss of a relationship with his daughter.  And the journey that Lee goes through in the film (and we are along for the ride) is one that feels real and emotional.  Your heart breaks for him while at times feeling frustrated with him.  It’s a well rounded connection.

The director for this film also did I’ll See You in My Dreams (a film in which Sam Elliott also starred).  There were moments in this film that felt similar to that film.  I think the word that best describes this film is poignant.  It is a very poignant film.  It is also very compelling.  The acting in this film was very good.  The characters feel real and they have a lot of depth.  They make you go through a gamut of emotions with them.

As I walked out of the theater, I thought of two things.  One, it is important that there are films like The Hero because they aren’t “franchise” films but are at their root storytelling films.  Two, The Hero come award season should be recognized for the performances and work done by the director and actors/actresses.  If you get a chance (it is an independent film so it’s not showing everywhere) you should see this film.

Sunday Devotional: Lamentations 5:1-5

“Yahweh, remember what has happened to us.
Look, and see our disgrace!
Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
our houses to foreigners.
We have become orphans, fatherless;
our mothers are widows.
We must pay for the water we drink;
our wood comes at a price.
We are closely pursued;
we are tired, and no one offers us rest.”  (Lamentations 5:1-5)

Lamenting is a part of life.  We all have times in our lives when we weep and lament.  Jeremiah was one who knew all to well about lamenting.  He wrote an entire book on it.  His life and ministry was one of seeing suffering and hard times.  Seeing God’s people suffer and lament made Jeremiah cry out to God for mercy.  Jeremiah cared for the people and called out to God for mercy in such trying times.

Today we forget sometimes that it is a part of the life of God’s people to lament.  As long as we are on this earth, we will deal with suffering and pain.  We will be worn down and feel crushed by the weight of this world.  But we have the option and the ability to cry out to God in those times.

Whether this week we are going through physical suffering, emotional suffering, spiritual suffering or a mix of them, we can cry out to God.  We can tell Him our pains and hurts.  We can share our sufferings with Him.  If we are struggling with that this week, let us call out to Him.